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Nostalgia Gassers Racing Association


The Nostalgia Gassers Racing Association was formed in 2011 by a group of gearheads with a love for the old mid 60’s style gassers.

Many of the groups gassers were actually raced in the 60’s & then when the class died in the early 70’s the cars were either stored, used for a show cars, some were converted to street rods.

Now they have been brought back to their racing glory. Others built 60’s style gassers so they could race with the group.

The Nostalgia Gassers Racing Association’s main focus is having FUN while drag racing their old gassers.

The Nostalgia Gassers Racing Association is a family oriented group, and is also approachable in the pits, they love to talk old style drag racing with any and all. So stop on by pull up a seat and let’s chat for a spell.

 


Friday was a beautiful day as most of our scheduled 12 car field to pull into the track and took our spot along the staging lanes. Hoffman’s and Huffman’s were the first to arrive, followed by Ken Kapper w/ Ralph and our favorite nostalgia dragster driver Jim. As the afternoon went on Jesse James, Mark Campbell, Robb Rothweiller, Kaufman’s, Jack Kaylor, Steve Bacon and Bob Brown arrived. It was great to see Bob back at the track after the damage done at the Eddyville spring race. Pretty much the first thing he did after pulling Rat Poison out of the trailer was put that wheelie bar on! That evening we paired up and hit the track. Checkout the picture of the 2 Henry J’s. Couldn’t have timed that any better if I’d tried. Bob went straight down the track without setting it on the tailgate and Mike got to try out his line lock for the first time. After our run, many spectators came to the pits to get a closer look at these awesome Gassers.

Saturday Bill Eveland and the Urish’s arrived and so did the crowd. Like Jack Kaylor said, these kids are the future of our sport. Hopefully we are priming a few of them to maintain these wonder pieces of history for the next generations to enjoy too. After our first pass, late in the afternoon Saturday, we got busy preparing our feast. A first, having spaghetti at the track featuring Mark’s homemade meat balls and sauce. Additional offerings of brisket, various sides including grilled garlic bread and of course the desserts were enjoyed. We have the best potlucks of any group I’ve ever been involved in. Thanks everyone.

In spite of threatening weather, spectators filled the stands. Down by two cars, Robb’s ’55 Chevy, and Marks Rambler, we were able to get in two more passes before the rains came. But even the weather can’t dampen the comradery of this group; as we managed to get several chairs in a trailer behind the car and others with umbrellas in hand so we could continue to visit and tell stories well into the night.
Eddyville Raceway Park is a wonderful venue with a great staff. Bryan said they love having us and have invited us back next year for both a spring nostalgia event and the World Fuel Altered Nationals in the fall. Dates TBA

Respectfully submitted,
Mike and Debbie Hoffman

Thursday morning when the rain started my thought was, oh no here we go again, but finally a whole race weekend without rain! Roger Brown was first to arrive Thursday followed by Mike Hoffman, Bill Wamboldt, Gary Blasey, Jessie James and their friend and new member Steve Rice with his 1948 Studebaker. As the day went on, Ken Kapper, Ralph Grote, Mark Campbell, Bill Eveland, Tom Cray, Dean Markuson, Jack Kaylor and Robb Rothweiler’s 55 Chevy finally made it’s maiden voyage. Steve and Ben Bacon brought their cars up later in the evening. We were joined Friday by 2 more new members, Dave Walters with his 1953 Chevy and Glenn McEntire’s Willy’s coupe. Additionally, Ed Roviaro and his 1937 Chevy, Ted and Brandon Beach and Randy Travoletti made a total of a 21 car field. As we went through tech, we saw a familiar face in Ron Norman.

The weather Friday was HOT but several of us took advantage of making time runs. Bryan and June Huffman came up for the day but had to leave before we paired up and made our passes about 4pm. The heat was hard on drivers and cars alike. Glenn McIntire blew up, Walter’s broke his rear axle and Dean put his fan through the radiator. Randy ended up with a flat tire and Ed broke a belt but luckily they were both able to make repairs.

A record spectator crowd was expected Saturday, but it seems the heat and threat of rain kept some people away but not the participants. There were cars from all over the USA and even Canada. It was really nice to see Bob Hajek and Danny Mann, who both say their cars will be here next year. Danny couldn’t keep from helping on the line.

While we were making passes, Gerald Bacon, Steve’s brother, was tending a huge roaster with a whole pig. The tender pork, a variety of side dishes and desserts had everyone who walked by wishing they were with us. Many of the track personnel and Meltdown staff who could, came by for a plate. Gerald has said he would be willing to do it again next year!

History was made Saturday night as the first time Byron Dragway raced under the lights. It really was a cool sight and the fans seemed to love it and so did the cars! In fact, Mike’s Mule made it’s best pass since he’s had it with an 11.34 @ 467 MPH. There may have been a problem with the timing system but he has the slip to prove it…. LOL. Phil and Dee Morris of Gassers Wars magazine brought help to cover the event. Steve Bacon was awarded Best Gasser and his son Ben’s Tub & Squirt won Best Anglia.

By Sunday several racers had pulled out. But with the beautiful day, many of us couldn’t resist making a couple more runs down the track. After all, the next race isn’t until August 22 in Eddyville, IA

Thank you to the the Melt Down Drags and Byron Dragway staff for all the hard work they have put in to make the Melt Down Drags the biggest and, in my opinion, the best event in the country.

Debbie Hoffman